Hi from Joyce and Steve

Joyce grew up close to Blackwell House, her family were farmers and her father one of thirteen children.
This is where she learnt to appreciate and love great, fresh produce from farm to plate.
She always loved baking, from a small child she would pull up a stool and help her Mum baking breads and cakes.

Following her love of cooking she has attended cookery schools in many top Michelin Star restaurants and has brought these experiences into her kitchen in Blackwell House.

Steve worked for 30 years in the world of luxury brands and has rubbed shoulders with some of the finest
Chefs & Sommeliers. Having also travelled extensively he has a keen sense of providing luxury service at its best.

"Giving a real sense of home away from home in an intimate and deliciously luxurious setting is
what we do best. We pride ourselves on providing exceptional customer service and we are proud
that this is supported by numerous awards, the most recent being "Best Guest House in Ireland"
and the "Best Irish Breakfast Award."

"Quality, unparalleled service, cleanliness, attention to detail, superb food are of utmost importance
to us and our guests."

We look forward to seeing you soon,
Joyce & Steve

Joyce with Homegrown peas, Blackwell Country House
Joyce with Homegrown peas, Blackwell Country House

Our Awards mean so much to us

"We work hard at Blackwell House to make sure you will have an experience you will remember. Getting these awards make us feel really appreciated."
Joyce and Steve

Murphy the Dog and his friends .......

Few can resist the charms of our beloved Murphy. A quiet and warm little character, our Schnauzer will play if you want to but leave you be if you'd rather not.
"He gets more mentions than we do on our reviews, in fact he even gets his own Christmas cards from past guests.'

We have a few cats each with their own characters roaming the grounds, but you can be sure that we are vigilant that they stay where they are allowed and we take cleanliness very seriously.
We feel they bring a touch more warmth and harmony to the house and your stay with us but you won't have to meet them if you don't want to.

PLEASE NOTE - Schnauzers are non allergic, non casting dogs - perfect for all this people who love animals but are allergic!


At Blackwell Country House we love our pets and are happy for you to bring your own to the Loft Suite.

We offer:

  • The Loft Suite's entrance is adjacent to a small orchard area for toileting needs.
  • Waste bags and bins.
  • Comfy pet Bed.
  • Food and water bowls.
  • Doggy guest towel.
  •  'Baby’ alarm so you can relax and enjoy your evening meal while us while knowing if your pet is quiet and happy.
  • Home made dog biscuits.

Your pet can enjoy their stay for £30.00 per dog per night.


What to do with your dog just outside your door
Enjoy walking up to 20 miles of beautiful Canal pathway with two wonderful little tearooms where you can call in and enjoy a coffee while your dog is  served with a chopped sausage and refreshing water outside.


Please view our full pet terms and conditions below or contact us for more details.


We adore our dog Murphy and love all other 4 legged friends so we really want all our doggy guests to have a fun time, but we have a few things we would ask you to respect for the sake of none doggy lovers:

  • Only Small to medium sized dogs welcome
  • We like to know all our doggy guests names and we would love to meet them
  • Dogs are not be allowed on beds
  • Dogs must be kept on leads at all times when out-doors
  • Dogs must be dried with special doggy guest towel provided before entering the bedroom
  • Please use waste bags provided anywhere on the property
  • Waste bags should be left in the bin provided outside
  • Any damages to furnishings will be billed

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